The UAE and other Gulf states have reported increased infections among low-income migrant workers who live in overcrowded quarters.
Pakistani and Indian migrant workers remain the major chunk of this migrant crowd. Some Pakistani organizers have moved to rehouse them in shuttered schools or dedicated centres, and are trying to arrange flights to repatriate them.
More than 40,000 Pakistani migrant workers in the Gulf Arab state have registered with their consulate to return home, two UAE newspapers reported. First Pakistani flight to repatriate migrants will start flying from today. But as far as Indian migrant workers are concerned, the repatriation initiatives yet to begin.
As Covid 19 cases are surging in India, the Government of India is currently focusing on containing infections within the country. Indian Prime Minister ordered a lockdown till May 3. Any discussions on repatriation of gulf workers will begin only after this strict lockdown period. The Government attitude currently towards the expatriates is to ‘stay at places where they are’.